Eastern Kentucky Leads 2012-13 OVC Commissioner’s Cup Standings After Fall Championships
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Ė After the completion of the fall sport championships, Eastern Kentucky University leads the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference Commissionerís Cup all-sport trophy standings; the Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships.
It marks the fifth year in a row the Colonels have been on top of the standings following the fall championships. This season EKU was paced by first-place finishes in menís and womenís cross country, a tie for second in football and a third-place soccer finish.
Eastern Kentucky (48.0 total points) has a 2.5-point lead over second-place Eastern Illinois (45.5), who won the OVC football championship and finished second in menís cross country and third in womenís cross country. Southeast Missouri State is third (44) and followed by OVC newcomer Belmont (37.5). UT Martin is fifth (35.5) and followed by Austin Peay (33), Morehead State (31.5), Jacksonville State (30), Murray State and SIUE (22 apiece), Tennessee State (19) and Tennessee Tech (17).
The 2012-13 season marks the fifth for the re-formatted Commissionerís Cup, which was previously known as the All-Sports Trophy. The award (which started in 1962-63 for menís sports and 1980-81 for womenís sports) was previously divided into a Menís All-Sport Champion and a Womenís All-Sport Champion. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.
Beginning in 2008-09 only one trophy was awarded (Murray State won the first honor followed by two-straight wins by Eastern Illinois and then an EKU win a season ago). Schools are required to count point totals for four main sports (football, volleyball, menís basketball and womenís basketball) along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Belmont, Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.
Under the old system current leader Eastern Kentucky won 15 Menís All-Sport Trophies and seven Womenís All-Sport Trophies. Both are all-time bests in each category.
The points system for scoring is as follows. For all sports (except rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track Ė which have six or fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.75 less, for menís indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for menís outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). New to the scoring system last season was a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball). UT Martin earned that bonus point for soccer while Belmont won the bonus point for volleyball.
There are 13 OVC Championships remaining this year (rifle, menís indoor track & field, womenís indoor track & field, menís basketball, womenís basketball, womenís tennis, menís tennis, womenís golf, menís golf, womenís outdoor track & field, menís outdoor track & field, softball and baseball).